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Contrived but touching coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Tom (Anton Yelchin) living in 1970s' Greenwich Village in New York with his manic, pill-popping widowed mother (Tea Leoni), his friendship with a mentally challenged delivery man (Robin Williams), his first crush on a pretty schoolmate, and his unusual friendship with an unseen inmate (Erykah Badu) at the Women's House of Detention. Actor David Duchovny's directorial debut (from his own script) has a low-budget feel, but the story -- even with its shamelessly sentimental ending -- is compelling. The messages about the importance of being honest and finding your roots are admirable, if a bit platitudinous, and the performances are excellent, especially from young Yelchin, but also Duchovny as the adult Tom and Frank Langella as the clerical school principal. Tobacco and drug use, some profanity and crude language and expressions, sexual content and innuendo, suicide attempt, and a problematic euthanasia plot twist. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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